LECTURE: Tomb Robbery in Ancient Thebes: textual and archaeological evidence for the Indiana Joneses of the ancient past Find us
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014, 12:00 noon
Presenter: Dr. Nigel Strudwick, University of Memphis
Location: Tulane University, 305 Dinwiddie Hall
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Description: Tomb robbery flourished in ancient Egypt from before the beginning of recorded time, as it was common knowledge that considerable wealth lay buried with the dead. In particular, many of the richest treasures were interred in elaborate burials in and around Thebes (modern Luxor) and the Valley of the Kings. Despite efforts to hide the locations, they did not usually escape the attention of robbers, and this pillage continued for the next three millennia.
Start your Halloween off right by joining us to hear Dr. Nigel Strudwick talk about who these thieves were, how they operated, and what they did with their ill-gotten gains.
About the Speaker: Currently a visiting professor of Art History at the University of Memphis, Dr. Strudwick earned his Ph.D. from Liverpool University. He has excavated in Egypt for many years, has a long-standing interest in the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes, and currently directs the excavation of the tomb of Senneferi in Thebes. He publishes extensively on ancient Egypt, and his books include scholarly and popular works on ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. A very versatile scholar, he has produced a volume of translations of ancient Egyptian texts from the Old Kingdom (c. 2700–2150 B.C.) and several books on Egyptian objects in the collections of the British Museum. Some of his fieldwork and publications are done in collaboration with his wife Helen, also a noted Egyptologist. To name only a few, his books include Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt and The Administration of Egypt in the Old Kingdom, as well as collaborative edited volumes, such as The Theban Necropolis: Past, Present, and Future and Old Kingdom: New Perspectives. Among his books for the layman is The Hieroglyph Detective, a guide on how to read certain types of hieroglyphic inscriptions.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.